05 June 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Jun 2007 [PDF]
- Small arms fire targets MND-B patrol
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Col. Bryan Roberts via Teleconference from Iraq at the Pentagon 05 Jun 2007 -- Presenter: U.S. Army Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division Col. Bryan Roberts
- June 4 airpower summary: A-10s are CAS masters AFPN 05 Jun 2007 -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations June 4, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Wanted insurgent captured during Operation Eagle Sweep MNF-I 05 Jun 2007 -- Coalition and Iraqi Forces captured a wanted insurgent during combat operations near the Karkh Oil Facility, northeast of Lutifiyah, Iraq June 1.
- Troops Capture Insurgents, Find Mortars in Iraq; Eight Soldiers Wounded AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- Coalition forces detained 22 suspects, uncovered an enemy mortar system, and suffered eight non-lethal combat casualties in Iraq over the past three days, military officials reported.
- U.S., Iraqi Troops Transform 'Purple Heart Boulevard' AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- U.S. soldiers called Haifa Street in Baghdad "Purple Heart Boulevard" for the trouble they encountered on the street. Today, U.S. and Iraqi forces are teaming to provide security for the Iraqis living on Haifa Street
- Al Qaeda Support Waning in Iraq's Diyala Province, General Says AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- Circumstantial evidence indicates al Qaeda in Iraq is weakening and popular support is swinging toward the coalition in Iraq's Diyala province, the commander of U.S. military forces there said yesterday.
- Carrier Air Wing 11 Begins OIF Missions Navy NewsStand 05 Jun 2007 -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 began conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom June 3 following the ship's first port visit in the Middle East.
- Counterinsurgency Expert Advises Soldiers in Iraq Army News 05 Jun 2007 -- Recruit more Iraqi Soldiers and increase their divisions from 11 to 20 is what one counterinsurgency expert said he would do if he was in the shoes of the Multinational Forces - Iraq commander.
- USNS Bridge Completes UNREPS with 9 Ships in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 05 Jun 2007 -- USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) conducted underway replenishments with nine U.S. ships June 1-3 in the Persian Gulf.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Gen. Dan McNeill via Videoconference from Afghanistan at the Pentagon 05 Jun 2007 -- Presenter: Commanding General, NATO's International Security Assistance Force Gen. Dan McNeill
- UN providing Afghan returnees with life-saving mine risk education UN News Centre/U> 05 Jun 2007 -- Afghans who have returned from Iran over the past few weeks are receiving life-saving education to reduce the risk of injury from mines and unexploded ordnance, thanks to the efforts of the United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA).
- NATO Troops Have Upper Hand in Afghanistan, Commander Says Washington File 05 Jun 2007 -- Continued fighting in Afghanistan is due in part to the increased numbers of international troops aggressively trying to pin down Taliban insurgents while setting the conditions for development and reconstruction, senior U.S. and Afghan officials say.
- General Says Insurgency Connected to Afghan Opium Industry AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- The problems plaguing the Afghan government cannot be taken on without taking on the problem of poppy production, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters in a teleconference today.
- Commander Says Forces Have Upper Hand Against Taliban AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- Coalition forces have gained the upper hand against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, the commander of NATO forces in the war-torn country told Pentagon reporters during a teleconference today.
- United States Opposes Legalizing Opium Poppy Crop in Afghanistan Washington File 05 Jun 2007 -- Legalizing the opium poppy crop in Afghanistan would be disastrous for that country and for the world, a U.S. State Department official says.
- NATO Commander Says World Must Do More for Afghanistan VOA 05 Jun 2007 -- The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan says the international community is not doing enough to provide troops and a coordinated reconstruction effort to help stabilize the country
- Transcipt: DoD Press Briefing with Secretary Gates And President Hamid Karzai from Kabul, Afghanistan 05 Jun 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates And Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
- AFGHANISTAN: ICRC asked to run hospital for war victims IRIN 05 Jun 2007 -- The government of Afghanistan has called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to manage a medical facility for conflict victims in Helmand Province, officials have confirmed.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Guantanamo Dismissals Could Signal Obstacles In Other Cases RFE/RL 05 Jun 2007 -- A U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has dismissed charges against two terrorist suspects because of legal technicalities in the way the cases were filed.
- Transcript: Media Availability with Secretary of Defense Gates and Minister of Defense General Lieutenant Ismail Isakovich Isakov from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 05 Jun 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Minister of Defense of Kyrgyzstan General Lieutenant Ismail Isakovich Isakov
- Gates, French Defense Minister Reaffirm Defense Ties AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- Meeting here today on the eve of the 63rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and French Defense Minister Herve Morin agreed to work toward strengthening their two countries' historic ties.
- Army Chief of Staff Discusses Plans for 'Way Ahead' Army News 05 Jun 2007 -- Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, called the U.S. Army in Europe's mission "an important part of our overall Army effort" during a stop at Grafenwoehr June 1, part of a theater-wide visit to talk to troops about the "way ahead" for the Army.
- Northrop Grumman Newport News, Carl Vinson Celebrate Move to Pierside Navy NewsStand 05 Jun 2007 -- The crew of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard employees celebrated a recent move from drydock to a pier location by taking time out for team building activities and a barbecue May 31.
- NMCB 4 Helps Keep Guam's Environment Clean Navy NewsStand 05 Jun 2007 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 participated in a local aluminum can recycling drive with Harry S. Truman School in Guam on May 12.
- Air Force forecasters gear up for hurricane season AFPN 05 Jun 2007 -- National Hurricane Center officials predict the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30, to have a 75 percent chance of being an "above average" season.
- Exercise tests fast-response unit's capabilities AFPN 05 Jun 2007 -- Members of the 615th Contingency Response Wing at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., are here conducting a weeklong exercise that will test the unit's ability to set up operations at a seized air field.
- Gates Emphasizes Importance of Krygyz Air Base in Fighting Terror AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today thanked Kyrgyzstan for its continued support for operations in Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism.
- Kyrgyzstan: U.S. Defense Secretary Seeking Support For Air Base RFE/RL 05 Jun 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew to Kyrgyzstan -- the only country in the world to host both U.S. and Russian military bases -- to discuss the continued U.S. use of the Manas Air Base to support operations in Afghanistan.
- U.S. military in Kyrgyzstan abide by international norms - Gates RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Manas military base rented from Kyrgyzstan met all international norms, while Bishkek is considering reviewing diplomatic immunity for U.S. servicemen in the country.
- Gates Says US Needs Military Base in Former Soviet Nation VOA 05 Jun 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a controversial U.S. military air base in Kyrgyzstan is needed in the fight against terrorism
- Gates 'Puzzled' By Russian Response to U.S. Missile Defense Plans AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today that he and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "are both puzzled by what the Russians are doing" in response to U.S. plans to build missile defense sites in Eastern Europe.
- Missile Defense System No Threat to Russia, Bush Says AFPS 05 Jun 2007 -- The U.S. missile defense initiative in Europe is not aimed at Russia, but against the possibility of rogue states seeking to blackmail the West, President Bush said today during a news conference in Prague, Czech Republic.
- Bush Says Missile-Defense Plan Aimed At 'True Threats,' Not Russia RFE/RL 05 Jun 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush said today in Prague that the "Cold War is over" and that Russia has nothing to fear from a missile-defense system that Washington wants to set up in the Czech Republic and Poland.
- Australia mulls joining U.S.-Japan missile shield RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2007 -- Australia is looking into the possibility of joining a U.S.-Japanese missile defense system, the country's defense minister said Tuesday.
- Russia to reply adequately to U.S. missile shield in Europe - FM RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2007 -- Russian military will make decisions necessary for the country's national defense, in response to U.S. plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in Central Europe, the Russian foreign minister said Tuesday.
- Bush Says Missile Defense No Threat to Russia VOA 05 Jun 2007 -- President Bush says U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Europe pose no threat to Russia. Russia's president says it is the start of a new arms race
- China Criticizes US Plan for Missile Shield in Eastern Europe VOA 05 Jun 2007 -- China has voiced its opposition to a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Jun 2007
- Press Gaggle by Dana Perino The White House 05 Jun 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for June 05, 2007
- U.S. Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $191 Million Long-Lead Material Contract for DDG 1000 Northrop Grumman 05 Jun 2007 -- The U.S. Navy today awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $191 million contract modification for procurement of long-lead time material and production readiness for activities leading to the construction of the first Zumwalt-class destroyer, DDG 1000.
- Thales and Boeing Announce FRES Team Boeing 05 Jun 2007 -- Thales UK and Boeing [NYSE: BA] have agreed to form an exclusive team, led by Thales UK, to jointly bid to deliver the System of Systems Integrator (SOSI) role for the planned Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) program
- Raytheon-led Warrior Training Alliance Wins U.S. Army Warfighter FOCUS Program; Mobilizes to Consolidate Army Training Worldwide Raytheon 05 Jun 2007 -- The Warrior Training Alliance (WTA), led by prime contractor Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC in collaboration with Computer Sciences Corporation, has been selected to oversee the landmark consolidation of the U.S. Army's live, virtual and constructive training operations and support systems worldwide.
- Raytheon Network Centric Systems Achieves CMMI Level 5 Raytheon 05 Jun 2007 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Network Centric Systems has attained a multi-site Capability Maturity Model Integration(R) (CMMI) Level 5 rating for systems, software and hardware engineering.
- Raytheon, UAE sign $76.5 million Rolling Airframe Missile Contract Raytheon 05 Jun 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Abu Dhabi Ship Building of the United Arab Emirates have signed a contract for the sale of seven Rolling Airframe Missile Guided Missile Weapon Systems.
- Boeing Completes Critical Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite Tests Boeing 05 Jun 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed end-to-end testing of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) payload command and control system, paving the way for the launch of the first WGS satellite this summer.
- Thales and Boeing announce FRES team Thales 05 Jun 2007 -- Thales UK and Boeing have agreed to form an exclusive team, led by Thales UK, to jointly bid to deliver the System of Systems Integrator (SOSI) role for the planned Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) program.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 05 Jun 2007
- Political solution the only answer to Middle East conflict, Ban Ki-moon stresses UN News Centre 05 Jun 2007 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked today's 40th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War with a reminder to all sides that Palestinian statehood, security for Israelis and peace in the region cannot be achieved by force.
- U.S. Gives $3.5 Million To Help Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon Washington File 05 Jun 2007 -- The United States will contribute $3.5 million in humanitarian assistance to a United Nations fund for Palestinian refugees in northern Lebanon.
- Palestinian President Warns of Civil War VOA 05 Jun 2007 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is warning that factional infighting has put Palestinians on the verge of civil war
- NEPAL: Frustration over government inability to stem "atrocities" IRIN 05 Jun 2007 -- Sharmila Chettri and her family have tried desperately to get back farmland recently seized by Maoist workers in Chitwan District, nearly 300km west of Kathmandu, but in vain.
- DRC: Ituri demobilisation wins UNDP support IRIN 05 Jun 2007 -- The demobilisation of former members of various armed groups in Ituri district in the northwest Democratic Republic of Congo is being supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) after a deal with the government.
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